Bry’s Present and cor­rect

Daily Star Sunday - - PUZZLE ACTOR -


Present Man re­peated their hero­ics from last year in the Badger Ales Tro­phy Hand­i­cap Chase at Win­can­ton.

Frost’s vic­tory 12 ★

months ago on the Paul Ni­cholls-trained star helped her start to scale new heights as a jockey, go­ing on to win in Grade One com­pany aboard Black Cor­ton later in the sea­son.

This time, Present ★

Man re­turned un­der top weight but was able to shrug off his 2lb higher mark af­ter a fan­tas­tic round of jump­ing in the extended three mile, one fur­long fea­ture.

Frost was ★

happy to sit just in be­hind the leader on the 5-1 joint-favourite but sent him on jump­ing two out and the eight-year-old had enough in the tank to re­pel the chal­lenge of 10-1 chance Sumkind­ofk­ing in sec­ond.

Fingeron­theswitch ★

(16-1) and Aunty Anna (16-1) filled the lesser places in third and fourth.

Present Man’s win ★

topped a fan­tas­tic af­ter­noon for lo­cal han­dler Ni­cholls (above) who claimed five win­ners on the seven-race card.

The oth­ers were

Grand Sancy (12.40), Capeland (1.15), If You Say Run (1.50) and Flic Ou Voyou (4.10).

Mean­while, at Naas, ★

Footpad de­parted at the fi­nal fence as Saint Cal­va­dos made all the run­ning in a dra­matic race for the Po­plar Square Chase at Naas.

Bri­tish raider Saint ★

Cal­va­dos hardly hit a twig hands of Gavin Shee­han, putting last sea­son’s Arkle Tro­phy hero un­der pressure from an early stage in the Grade Three con­test.

Shee­han ★

lifted the tempo turn­ing for home and Harry Whit­ting­ton’s flam­boy­ant jumper held a three-length lead at the last, where Footpad slith­ered badly, giv­ing Ruby Walsh lit­tle chance of keeping the partnership in­tact, af­ter mak­ing a cou­ple of mis­takes ear­lier in pro­ceed­ings.

With the 4-9 favourite ★

mar­ket leader gone, Saint Cal­va­dos (5-2) was left clear and coasted home by four and a half lengths, with Ty­coon Prince claim­ing sec­ond.

Whit­ting­ton said: ★

“He’ll go for the Tin­gle Creek next and I’m look­ing for­ward to him go­ing over the Rail­way fences there.”

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